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December 16, 2011

Fresh Not Frozen 

winter market

Fresh And Local All Year Long With Winter Farmers Markets

Winter farmers' markets have increased nationwide in the past two years, bringing more local and fresh produce no matter the season.

December 5, 2011

Ultra-Processed, Ultra-Filtered 

A row of identical honey jars, on a shelf.  They are backlit with a fluorescent light so they glow a bright golden color.

When Is Honey Not Really Honey, Honey?

According to a study commissioned by Food Safety News, more than three fourths of the honey sold in American grocery stores is not exactly what bees produce.

December 1, 2011

Future Food Policy 

Portrait of Senator Debbie Stabenow, speaking at a microphone.  She is a woman appearing to be in her 50s or 60s, with red hair, wearing a black blazer over a red shirt.  An American flag hangs behind her.

Afterlife Of The Secret Farm Bill

The demise of a Farm Bill drafted in secrecy means the next version will go through standard Congressional channels, which has mixed implications for farmers.

November 17, 2011

Pizza Problems 

pizza

Broccoli, Peppers and…Pizza Sauce?

In another blow to increase the healthiness of school lunches, pizza sauce is considered a vegetable.

November 15, 2011

Business Booming 

local farmers

No Small Change For Local Producers

Farmers sold nearly $5 billion dollars worth of local produce in 2008, and that number is expected to rise.

October 12, 2011

Restaurant Recall 

beef patties

Ground Beef Recall Targets Western Restaurants

The USDA issued a recall Tuesday after a routine test found E. coli O157:H7 in beef from a California firm.

October 7, 2011

Food Safety 

farm

New FDA Inspections To Stop Outbreaks Before They Start

New FDA requirements could stop outbreaks -- like the recent listeria linked to cantaloupe -- before they start.

September 30, 2011

GMO Animals 

salmon

‘Frankenfish’ Get Federal Funding

AquaBounty has received federal funding to genetically modify its salmon a move which has environmentalists up in arms.

September 27, 2011

School Lunch Worry 

ground beef

Contaminated Meat Recalled Before Ending Up In School Lunch

A major beef recall is underway after E. coli was found in frozen beef sent to Georgia school districts. So far no contaminated meat has been served, says USDA.

September 26, 2011

Food Recalls 

chicken breast

Cooked Chicken Products Recalled

360 pounds of possibly undercooked chicken have been recalled from Wisconsin's Roundy's Supermarkets.

September 14, 2011

Wake Up Call 

empty plate

Hunger At Home: Food Insecurity Still A Problem

Nearly one in three households categorized as "food insecure" had to cut back or alter their eating habits for lack of food.

September 13, 2011

Food Safety 

ground beef

Six New Strains Of E. coli Added To Ground Beef Regulation

In a move applauded by food safety advocates, the USDA has announced ground beef will not be sold if it tests positive for six additional strains of E. coli.

September 13, 2011

The Cost Of Food 

Corn

Falling Corn Surplus Could Mean Higher Food Prices

Extreme heat has damaged this year's corn supply, and it could translate to higher food prices down the road.

September 12, 2011

Contaminated Food 

Ground Turkey In A Pan

Ground Turkey Recalled For Salmonella – Again

Another 185,000 pounds of ground turkey have been recalled after a strain of salmonella was found at the same plant where a recall took place in August.

September 7, 2011

Marketing To Children 

candy

Food Marketing To Kids: Free Speech Or Fair Suggestions?

A group of legal scholars responds to the food industry's claim of free speech infringement by stating no rules were actually enforced.

September 3, 2011

Too Much Of A Good Thing? 

A farmers market stall selling melons, peaches, onions, and many other kinds of produce. People are lined up around the stall to make purchases.

Growth Or Glut? A Thousand New Farmers Markets in 2011

In 2011, 7175 farmers markets operated in the U.S., up from 6139 in 2010. Locavores love it, but some farmers call it too much of a good thing.

August 29, 2011

Dirty Food 

A picture of the Food Safety Discovery Zone, a forty-foot truck that contains an interactive exhibit about food safety.  It is yellow and has a logo on the side. It is in front of the Department of Agriculture building.

Food Industry And Consumers Play A Food Safety Blame-Game

Amidst recalls and food safety campaigns, who is responsible for preventing foodborne illness? Experts from all sides of the debate paint a blurry picture.

August 24, 2011

Soda Ban 

soda

Food Stamp Soda Ban Fizzles Out

The push to ban the use of food stamps for sodas has been defeated by the USDA.

August 19, 2011

Kids In The Kitchen 

precut veggies

After-School Snacking: Be Safe, Be Healthy

School is out for the day and the kids are hungry! Keep them reaching for healthy options while keeping them safe.

August 18, 2011

Meat Industry 

cows feeding

New Guidelines Ensure Humane Treatment Of Livestock

The USDA announced new guidelines to ensure humane treatment of livestock, defining "egregious inhumane treatment."

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